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Verso NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(116 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
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Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Masterful, Absorbing, Funny

About the Show

Amazing Theatricals presents one of the world’s top magic artists, Helder Guimarães, in his brand-new show.

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Member Reviews (116)

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Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if You would enjoy a fun magic show with audience participation. Sleight of hand, card tricks, mind reading, objects vanishing and reappearing

Don't see it if You want something deeper or more spectacular. It's light entertainment. I saw through most of the tricks but still enjoyed it.

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Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting, Magical, Mystifying

See it if you want to see a master class in illusion & sleight of hand. Guimaraes elevates a magic show to a study in imagination, truth & skepticism.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to be charmed & wowed by a master of trickery. Though you may avoid if you hate magic, this show might change your mind.

Critic Reviews (13)

September 28th, 2016

"The fun here is in searching for potential telltale clues and fake-outs as he casually ambles his way from sleight-of-hand flimflam to pseudo-telepathic reads...It’s harder to fill a whole evening when you’re alone onstage, and while it sports some impressive feats, the new show, directed by Rodrigo Santos, feels padded...It’s easy to share his excitement. Not just because the tricks are impressive, but because their buildups are so protracted that the payoff comes as a relief."
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September 28th, 2016

"Verging on two hours long, including an intermission, it includes what seems like a lot of padding, at a cost to its sense of enchantment...Routines that would be very impressive at a table in a nightclub are less of a wow in a 200-seat theater...Many of the bits are familiar...Although 'Verso' is performed and designed with skill, it evokes more admiration than excitement. Guimarães is great with his fingers, but there aren’t enough new tricks up his sleeve."
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September 28th, 2016

"It almost feels like a seminar on the psychology of the swindle...In a craft as reliant on the suspension of disbelief as magic, it's a ballsy choice to ask viewers to sharpen their BS-detectors, but that's exactly what Guimarães does consistently through this thought-provoking show. Luckily for him, he's an incredibly gifted parlor magician...With 'Verso,' Guimarães has created a magic show for our paranoid age...He tells us to trust no one, not even him."
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September 29th, 2016

"The trick here is that Guimarães never seems completely confident that what he's doing is going to work, and when he seems to have been foiled a couple of times, his imperfection adds to the illusion that everything else is real. At two hours, the show does lose steam now and then, especially when Guimarães philosophizes about different realms of reality and what is and isn't possible, but 'Verso' is an engaging charmer providing good clean family fun."
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September 29th, 2016

"While performing his feats, Guimarães displays a sly confidence that borders on cockiness, but because he does enough to earn it (how did he get the name of a completely random country on the back of that card?!?), he's nonetheless engaging onstage. During the in-between scenes, when he attempts to contextualize his magic, a lot of that rough-edged likability evaporates and he becomes more mechanical...It's just short of the sparkle that separates the very good from the great."
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September 28th, 2016

"Perhaps he could warm up his presentation style. He can come off a little 'Corporate Motivational Speaker' in his delivery of well-practiced anecdotes. When he’s directly interacting with the audience, however, he is generous and friendly...Add Guimarães’s pure technical skill and easy rapport with volunteers to a well-polished, balanced routine of 'mentalist'-type predictions and lie-detector tricks...and 'Verso' is an evening you’ll remember for a very long time."
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October 7th, 2016

"His philosophical patter is smart enough to intrigue those who ‘get it’ while peppered with colloquialisms to draw in others whose only desire is to be tricked...Two thirds of the somewhat padded evening (buildups are prolonged, some deceptions feel redundant) is occupied with card tricks...Long cons are well utilized with set-ups early on and revelations much later...The evening, if a bit long, is enjoyable; well performed and well directed."
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November 22nd, 2016

"You will be stunned, no doubt about it. But there isn’t much to this show beyond being fooled. There is barely a touch of atmosphere, hardly any romance or wonderment. For conjuring to be its most effective it should have a sense of poetry, a raison d’etre...Magic fans should definitely check out this talented performer; he didn’t win that trophy for nothing. But the show’s concept, script and staging do nothing to elevate Guimarães’ performance above that of an evening of bafflement."
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October 2nd, 2016

"‘Verso’...with only a single performer, stretches things to nearly two hours, a bit excessive for this kind of parlor game show...You may have seen these or similar tricks before, but if you’re a sucker for a clever magician’s wiles and like the kind of intimate, lightly comic, informative, one-on-one style of a Ricky Jay, Helder Guimarães will serve you well. And when he does his final trick, a multidimensional one that defies explanation, you’ll know why I’ve titled this review 'surreal.'"
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September 30th, 2016

"Helder Guimarães puts on an amazing display of playing-card wizardry in ‘Verso’…What makes for success in endeavors of this sort, is not just the magic; it’s the delivery, the entertainment, and the personality of the magician at hand. In these areas, Mr. Guimarães receives the highest grades…Guimarães handily carries the show with ingratiating personality and self-deprecating charm...'Verso' offers a grand evening of theatrical magic."
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September 28th, 2016

"Though he insists on his fascination with chance—'I collect mistakes,' he tells us early on—my sense of 'Verso' as a whole is of a show impeccably arranged in order to create the illusion of spectacular coincidence."
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October 3rd, 2016

"This investigation into the stories we tell ourselves and how we can change them makes 'Verso' more like a strangely lovely work of theater than an ordinary magic show. It focuses not simply on amazing and entertaining us, but on opening our minds to ideas we might find hard to believe. He seals the deal with a final, startling trick — that makes us believe that perhaps he's right, and the impossible is possible after all."
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September 29th, 2016

"Guimarães rises to the occasion and shows us something new in his repertoire. At the same time, if some of the tricks weren’t duplicated from that early 2014 show, some of them did feel familiar...'Verso' is at its best when it’s all fun and games. Guimarães waxes philosophically about biases and alternative realities we buy into at times, albeit subconsciously. But the spoken word in this show is at its best when Guimarães is instead interacting with the audience."
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